Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Self-Organized Criticality in Astrophysics

The Statistics of Nonlinear Processes in the Universe

Authors: Aschwanden, Markus

  • Addresses for the first time the subject of "Self-organized criticality" (SOC) in astrophysical systems
  • Identifies self-organized criticality behaviour in many nonlinear dissipative systems in the universe
  • Shows how the overall topic of natural complexity is becoming prevalent in many scientific disciplines
  • Illustrates the relevance of SOC to such sciences as astrophysics, geophysics, biophysics and ecophysics
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The concept of ‘self-organized criticality’ (SOC) has been applied to a variety of problems, ranging from population growth and traffic jams to earthquakes, landslides and forest fires. The technique is now being applied to a wide range of phenomena in astrophysics, such as planetary magnetospheres, solar flares, cataclysmic variable stars, accretion disks, black holes and gamma-ray bursts, and also to phenomena in galactic physics and cosmology. Self-organized Criticality in Astrophysics introduces the concept of SOC and shows that, due to its universality and ubiquity, it is a law of nature. The theoretical framework and specific physical models are described, together with a range of applications in various aspects of astrophyics. The mathematical techniques, including the statistics of random processes, time series analysis, time scale and waiting time distributions, are presented and the results are applied to specific observations of astrophysical phenomena.

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“The main aim of the present book is the derivation of the theoretical framework and specific physical models of SOC. … The present work contains an extensive list of well-chosen references for further reading. The textbook is intended to be an introduction to the relatively new subject of self-organized criticality (SOC), which is suitable for students and post-docs, as well as for researchers.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1211, 2011)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self-Organized Criticality in Astrophysics
Book Subtitle
The Statistics of Nonlinear Processes in the Universe
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-15001-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-15001-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-15000-5
Series ISSN
2366-0082
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 416
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